Last week social media was abuzz with an incident involving a brawl between bouncers of a restaurant and paparazzi photographers at an event involving Shilpa Shetty. The matter escalated to such an extent that even poor Shilpa had to apologise and try and calm down matters.
Two bouncers who were on duty last Friday outside a restaurant in Bandra called Bastian were arrested by the Mumbai Police on charges of rioting and causing bodily harm. They might be granted bail later today but have been terminated from service. "The incident took place on Thursday night when the two press photographers were clicking snaps of actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra and her husband Raj Kundra, while they were coming out of the hotel in suburban Bandra,” an official of Khar police station said. While the actress and Kundra were moving inside their car, the two bouncers allegedly pushed the photographers, who were taking their pictures and later manhandled them.
"Based on the complaint filed by victims, Sonu and Himanshu Shinde, a case has been booked under IPC section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 34 (common intention), against the two bouncers, Khar police station senior inspector Ram Chandra Jadhav said. The accused, identified as Kanchi Purve and Kadar, were arrested today, he said adding that both are brothers.
The actress expressed regret over the incident. "OMG, appalled and disappointed at the way these photographers were bashed up. Really unnecessary. I even posed for them before I left and the next thing I knew, they got into fisticuffs violently when I left. Feel bad for the paps they stand for hours sometimes for a shot,” she said in a statement on her Instagram account. “They are part of my fraternity and no one needs to be beaten for doing his job."
The management of Bastian too apologised for the incident. "We’re saddened and shocked by the incident that took place outside Bastian last night. We have celebrities and well-known guests visiting us frequently and every experience has so far been smooth. During last night’s incident, the people involved were personnel of Tough Security who were hired for Bastian via external vendors – as is the practice, the security agency assigns their personnel to us and other establishments based on who is available that day. All the Bastian staff as well as the management, were inside the restaurant on the second floor at the time of the incident. We were made aware of the same a while after it began. This was a highly unfortunate situation that escalated beyond anything we could have imagined," it said.
Here is the video of the fight between bouncers and photographers: